Monthly Archives: November 2014

Happy Friday! Black Friday Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

I realized this morning that Black Friday must be a pretty sweet deal online for anyone that doesn’t live in the states- you get extra discounts on all your favorite (US) retail websites, since they catering to our seemingly insatiable desire to purchase things we don’t need- or for those few souls who are actually purchasing things for their loved ones for the holidays.

‘Merica.

Anyway, everyone enjoy your weekend and if you’re so inclined, take advantage of all the discounts at all the stores…

And have a great weekend everyone!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

To everyone in the US, have a happy and safe Thanksgiving! Does your academy have a special training class or session for the holiday, or are they closed and you have to wait a day to train?

And, for anyone who lives outside of the states, I hope you have a fantastic day!

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All Women Card for Metamoris? What Do You Think?

Jiu-Jitsu Times wrote a post proposing an interesting idea: an all female card for the next Metamoris. The article goes on to suggest a number of potential match-ups, going the jiu jitsu vs. mma route, and quite frankly makes a number of nice pair ups that I would be interested in seeing.

As long as we adhere to a strict “no double guard pull” rule. I don’t know how that could be enforced, but it needs to be put into effect.

What do you guys think? Are you down for an all ladies Metamoris? Even if that never happens, I would still love to see at least some women’s matches in the next couple of events.

Let me know- otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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Interesting Post from BJJ Scout about Lo/Cornelius Match at BJJ Pro

Man, BJJ Pro feels like it happened forever ago….

Anyway, I was poking around the internet and found BJJ Scout’s interesting post on the Lo/Cornelius fight at BJJ Pro.

Check it out, and have a great day everyone!

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Braulio Estima Stripped of 2014 Worlds Title and Banned From Competition

I know, I know, I’m late to the party on this news, but according to DSTRYRsg, jiu jitsu competitor Braulio Estima stripped of his title as 2014 Worlds Champion, and has been banned from competing for 2 years, after DMAA or methylhexanamine was found in his system after said tournament.

According to the post, DMAA can be found in a number of energy drinks and pre-workout supplements, which sucks if Estima accidentally ingested the substance, but a banned substance is a banned substance: you should definitely be careful of what you are putting into your body if you know you are competing in a tournament that has a list of stuff that’s not allowed in your system. Personally I think 2 years is a bit harsh, but I do agree with the title strip and a suspension period. I think a year would have been sufficient, considering the nature of the substance, coupled with the face that jiu jitsu is really a year-round sport and a number of important tournaments can go by within that period of time.

Check out the article and let me know what you guys think-otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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Happy Friday! Spirit Animal Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

So if I were smoking peyote and going on a spirit quest (yeah, I’m not sure why I would do that either: just go with it), I would want this fella to be my guide.

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This apparently is Zeus, a blind Western screech owl who according to IFLScience  has a condition typically called vitreous veils or strands:

“Eyes are filled with a clear gel called vitreous humor, but sometimes cells or strands of the gel can clump together so that they are less transparent than the rest of the gel. Zeus also doesn’t appear to have an iris or lens, so his lack of eyesight means that he can’t be released into the wild.”

Anyway, he appears to be an adorable little guy. And that’s not even taking into account my bias for owls (they’re my favorite kind of bird).

That’s all I’ve got for today- have a great weekend everyone!

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Metamoris 5 and the Competitor Contest (Sort of)

Metamoris 5 is just a few days away, and one of the competitors, Kevin Casey, had to bow out.

The cool part of that is Metamoris decided to take the opportunity to open the slot to the jiu jitsu community, getting them involved in the selection process for the spot by posting the potential candidates on Facebook and having people like or share who they wanted to see compete at the event- the one with the most likes and shares would take the spot.

Now here’s the sucky part: not that I know the tally, but according to some a competitor was chosen, but he was not the most popular one and therefore should not have been the winner.

It blows, but I’m not terribly surprised. Or maybe it’s just that I’m not that terribly emotionally invested in the outcome. Anyway, who do you guys think should have taken the spot? Let me know- otherwise, have a great day everyone!

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Black Belt (!!)

 

 

So on Monday night we had a seminar with Saulo (you all know which Saulo I’m talking about) and at the end we had several momentous promotions- black belt promotions, actually, and I was one of the students promoted.

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It’s funny, and a little weird- it’s something you strive for, but never focus on: first, because that sort of pressure can be overwhelming, particularly in the beginning- and second, because the process of getting to your black belt is just as important as the rank itself. More so, actually. Think about how much you learn when you start training for a competition, how your skills sharpen- all for what, anywhere from 30 seconds to 20 minutes of actual competing? We continue on this journey- we learn, we laugh, we cry, become frustrated, experience epiphanies when something all comes together and finally makes sense for us-it’s all a part of the experience that culminates into preparing you for your black belt.

Earning your black belt is a tremendous achievement to be sure, but it’s definitely not the end of the journey. There are still techniques to learn, positions to drill and commit to muscle memory, more experiences to be had- not to mention more opportunities to teach, and learn from one another. Also, while I am one of the ones who received the black belt, it’s really an accomplishment for the team and the academy in general. None of this could have happened if my teammates weren’t there with me, and I am tremendously thankful for that.

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I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds in store- not only for myself, but for my teammates as well. I’m thrilled not only to progress, but to train with my teammates and see them make the same journey as well.

So, um, in closing- black belt, yay! 😀

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Why You Should Always Drain Your (Cauliflower) Ear

Did anyone see this past weekend’s UFC? If so, then you know exactly what I’m about to talk about.

First, let’s go over exactly what cauliflower ear is, just in case anyone isn’t sure (courtesy of Wikipedia, of course):

“Cauliflower ear… is a condition that occurs when the external portion of the ear suffers a blow, blood clot or other collection of fluid under the perichondrium. This separates the cartilage from the overlying perichondrium that supplies its nutrients, causing it to die and resulting in the formation of fibrous tissue in the overlying skin. As a result, the outer ear becomes permanently swollen and deformed, resembling a cauliflower.”

Basically, when the ear receives enough trauma, the skin on the ear will separate from the cartilage and fluid will fill the space. Eventually that fluid hardens into scar tissue and that’s how you get cauliflower ear.

For a number of people this is seen as a badge of honor, if you will, and refuse to drain the fluid that builds in the ear. For those folks, hopefully this is your “scared straight” moment:

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Yup, that’s right: this girl was struck in the ear with enough force that her cauliflower ear exploded.

The officials thankfully stopped the match, but really, ew.

I’m posting the video below of the moment (obviously NSFW, unless your superiors are cool with exploding ears):

In short, drain your ears kids- you may think it looks cool now but even if someone isn’t punching at them, cauliflower ear can lead to more complications down the road.

 

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Happy Friday! Fightland Article Edition

Happy Friday everyone!

First and foremost, let’s get this out of the way: Keenan Cornelius is fighting in Metamoris again? No offense to the guy, but he’s really not all that interesting to watch. There, I said it-come at me, bro (or something).

Moving on, there’s an interesting article on Fightland about how Fernando Augusto da Silva, AKA “Tererê” is like the Jimi Hendrix of jiu jitsu- although Tererê thankfully has not met a sad, untimely end (and didn’t asphyxiate on his own vomit, so he has that going for him) the article does cite certain similarities, including the indelible influence each man has had in their respective art.

Check it out and let me know what you think- otherwise, have a great weekend everyone!

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